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How to Create a Samurai Photo Manipulation with Photoshop

Step 17

Make a new layer and select the Gradient Tool (G) and pick Radial Gradient with default colors (black and white). Drag a line from the top left to the bottom right and change the mode to Overlay 100%.  
Click the second icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to add a mask to this layer. Use a soft black brush to reduce the contrast on the arms, sword and the right cheek.

Step 18

Create a new layer and use a soft brush, the color #281b01 to paint around the bottom of the canvas. Change this layer mode to Linear Dodge 100% and use a layer mask to erase the arm area.

Step 19

Make a new layer and use a brush with the color #ffd72b to paint some light below the arm and on the clothes. Change this layer mode to Overlay 100%.

Step 20

Create a new layer and use the same brush to paint some yellow hair around the bottom of the clothes and the arm. 

Step 21

Make a new layer and alter the mode to Color Dodge 100% and use the same brush to paint light on the fingers and clothes. Add a mask to this layer and reduce the light effect on her fingers.

Step 22

On a new layer, use a soft brush with the color #e66a2d to paint around the arms. Change this layer mode to Overlay 100% and use a layer mask to erase the left of her arm. 

Step 23

Create a new layer and use the same brush to paint on the bottom of the foreground and alter the layer mode to Hard Light 100%.

Step 24

Make a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #e6802d to continue painting on the foreground. Change this layer mode to Overlay 100% and use a layer mask to reduce the opacity on some too red  details .

Step 25

On a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #66b2d5 to paint on the top left of the scene to strengthen the blue light on there . Alter the layer mode to Hard Light 100%. 

Step 26

Create a new layer and use small brush with the color #63e0ff to paint blue strands to fill in the hair. I’ve used a layer mask to reduce the light on the hidden of the model (the right).

Step 27

In this step we’ll be adding the fire. Open the fire 1 image pack and I’ve chosen the image 30 but feel free to take your own. Drag this image onto the bottom of the foreground and change the mode to Screen 100%. Add a mask to this layer and use soft black to erase the hard edge remained on top of the image.

Step 28

Do the same with the fire 2 image (I’ve chosen the image 14 from the images pack). I’ve added it to the bottom right of the canvas and use a layer mask to reduce the fire’s effect to make it appear less strong and more natural. 

Step 29

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer on top of the layers and change the Midtones, Shadows and Highlights settings:

Step 30

Make a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #1fbef9.
Create a Vibrance adjustment layer to enhance the color of the whole scene. On the layer mask, paint on the right of her cheek to reduce the saturation there.
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